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JAXA launches HTV7 unmanned cargo spacecraft on resupply mission to ISS

2018-09-25
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7 lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 2:54:27 Japan Standard Time (JST) on September 23, carrying the KOUNOTORI7 (HTV7) cargo transporter into orbit to start its journey to the International Space Station (ISS).
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Three stages of separation: bidding farewell to the Delta II launch vehicle

2018-09-14
The upcoming launch of the NASA ICESat-2 will be the last liftoff for the Delta II rocket, whose reliability made it a mainstay for civil, military, and commercial space customers. The medium-lift Delta II is manufactured by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security, and features main and upper-stage engines supplied by Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, Calif.
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Zwick Roell provides flexible materials testing over a wide temperature range

2018-10-19
To enable the tests required for development work to be performed with maximum efficiency, the Zwick Roell Group (ZwickRoell) – a global supplier of materials testing machines based out of Ulm, Germany – developed a materials testing machine that can be equipped with both a temperature chamber and a high-temperature furnace.
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Delta II’s final flight a success

2018-09-17
The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Sept. 15 at 6:02 a.m. PDT., marking the 155th launch and the final mission of the Delta II rocket, which first launched on Feb. 14, 1989.
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FLYHT and Spectralux Avionics integrate systems to deliver FANS-over-Iridium satellite communications to airlines

2018-09-14
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions and Spectalux Avionics have teamed up to integrate FLYHT’s Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 228S component into Spectralux’s Envoy Future Air Navigation System (FANS) Data Link Unit (DLU). Together the systems offer a streamlined upgrade option for airlines to obtain a cost-effective, FANS-over-Iridium (FOI) solution – a requirement for flying over the world's oceanic regions.
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Pratt & Whitney receives $437M for continued adaptive engine development

2018-09-12
Pratt & Whitney was awarded the contract modification by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the Adaptive Engine Transition Program. Through AETP, Pratt & Whitney was tasked with designing, fabricating, integrating, and testing complete, flight-weight adaptive engines – the contract modification allocates funding for “risk reduction” activities related to adaptive engine development.
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Northrop Grumman awarded $792 Million to deliver intermediate and heavy versions of OmegaA space launch vehicle

2018-10-12
Northrop Grumman Corporation of Falls Church, Va. received a Launch Services Agreement (LSA) worth approximately $792 million of government investment from the United States Air Force (USAF) Space and Missile Systems Center to continue development of its OmegA rocket for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. The agreement runs through 2024 and includes certification flights of OmegA’s intermediate variant in 2021 and its heavy variant in 2024.
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Lockheed Martin and Drone Racing League pits AI-enabled UASs against human pilots

2018-09-07
Lockheed Martin and the Drone Racing League (DRL) is challenging the engineering community with a new twist on drone enthusiast racing competition: develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will enable an autonomous UAS to race a pilot-operated drone and win against human first-person view (FPV) operators. The call for advanced autonomy, dubbed the AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge, came during the TechCrunch Disrupt technology startup conference in San Francisco.
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Harley-Davidson electrics up

2018-10-18
Harley-Davidson is the first major OEM to announce specific plans for an electrified addition to its traditional motorcycle lineup.
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Airbus, U.S. airline flight test GKN Aerospace hydrophobic coating for cockpit windows

2018-10-22
Officials at an as-yet-unnamed airline in the U.S. is assessing a new hydrophobic coating developed by GKN Aerospace materials science and engineering specialists in Garden Grove, Calif., for cockpit windows on its commercial passenger aircraft. GKN Aerospace debuted the new materials science technology, which Airbus engineers are also flight-trialing on the airframe manufacturer’s flight-test aircraft, during Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England, in July 2018.
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Gulfstream G500 earns FAA type and production certificates

2018-08-02
The Gulfstream G500 twin-engine business jet recently completed type certification and received a production certificate from the FAA. The certifications pave the way for Gulfstream’s first G500 customer delivery planned for fourth quarter this year.
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